Could this possibly be accurate? Al Jazeera
is reporting that the two Italian women, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, being held hostage in Iraq have been released.
Two Italian women aid workers held hostage in Iraq have been released and handed over to the Italian charge d'affaires in Baghdad, Al Jazeera television said on Tuesday.
The Arab news network gave no further details. There was no immediate independent confirmation of their release.
*Crosses fingers and says a little prayer*
Another link from CNN
and a comment from the Italian PM:
"Finally, a moment of joy," said Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in a statement on the Italian government's Web site.
Reuters is reporting that a $1 million ransom was paid for the two. (thanks Rusty)
There had been little word on the fate of the Italians since their abduction, along with two Iraqi colleagues, although Al-Rai al-Aam, a leading Kuwait daily, reported the kidnappers had agreed to their release in exchange for a $1 million ransom.
More updates to come.
If you haven't been keeping up check out my other entries on the "Two Simonas" below.
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